Metal and steel buildings are strong and durable, but it can be difficult to regulate temperature inside a metal building. Most metals act as heat conductors, so in hot weather, a metal building would transfer the heat from the sun to the inside of the building, while in winter, it would transfer heat inside the building out. Additionally, metal buildings are more likely to gather condensation, especially in humid climates like Texas, which can create big problems, no matter the purpose of the building.
Insulating a metal building can help solve problems of temperature control and moisture. If you own a metal building, whether for commercial or personal use such as a barn or workshop, here are the primary benefits of insulating metal buildings.
1. Reduce Condensation
The first benefit of insulating a metal building is reducing condensation within the building. Insulation will help protect the inside of your building from the damage condensation can cause over time, as well as prevent the growth of mold inside the building. Insulation creates a vapor barrier, which reduces the amount of condensation that gathers on the metal panels. Even if you cannot insulate your building at this time, installing a vapor barrier can help reduce condensation.
2. Temperature Control
Another key benefit of insulating metal buildings is controlling the climate inside the building. This is particularly important if people will be working inside the building, especially if your building is in a climate that can get very cold or very hot. If your building will have any heating or cooling systems installed, insulation is critical in managing energy usage and making your heating and/or cooling system as efficient as possible. What you save in energy will easily cover the cost of insulating your metal building, and continue to save you money in the future.
3. Decrease Undesired Sound and Providing Light
The role insulation plays in creating a sound and light barrier is another benefit of insulating a metal building. One of the biggest drawbacks to a metal building is that they can be very loud. Insulation will create a sound barrier to help keep undesired sounds out, and can even help prevent loud noises coming from inside the building from disturbing any neighboring homes or businesses. White facing or foil insulation provides the added benefit of illuminating the interior of a metal building. On the other hand, dark colored insulation can help reduce the amount of light within a building. This can also help lower energy costs.
Other Uses of Metal Buildings
The hottest new trend in efficient, sustainable living is the barndominium. These buildings can be built from the ground up or converted from an old barn. Once properly insulated, barndominiums offer low-cost of living with a high-quality lifestyle. Barndominiums are increasing in popularity in Brazos Valley near College Station, Weatherford west of Fort Worth, and Marble Falls and Granite Shoals to the west of Austin.
If you own a metal building, whether for commercial or personal use, there are many options for insulating your metal building. Contact one of Garland Insulating’s four locations in Texas today to discuss your insulation options.